okay, i’ll be reading some poetry at The Republic in North Hobart, this Sunday at 3pm. it’s my first trip down from the mainland, & it should be all kinds of awesome. here’s the program:

July Republic

The  4th July Republic Readings will feature two poets from the mainland: Derek Motion and Ross Donlon, and Tasmanian poet Henry Shearwater, as well as the usual open section.

Henry Sheerwater is working on his second collection, Bare Ground, Bare Feet – towards a poetry serving Gaia. He’s also been working on some scraps of writing that mostly arise from, & with, sculpture.  Fingers in clay turns out to be a way of thinking. These explore my sense of nausea (Sartre’s word) at the competitive “success” of homo-sapiens.

Derek Motion is a writer, PhD candidate, & Director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre. He was the winner of the 2009 Judith Wright Prize, and some of his recent work has appeared in Going Down Swinging, and

Overland. He blogs at https://typingspace.wordpress.com/

Ross Donlon lives in Castlemaine, Victoria where he convenes a monthly poetry reading, works as a writer-in-residence and mentors poets in regional Victoria as part of the Pure Poetry program.

His poems have been published widely in Australia and also in New Zealand and the U.S.A. His work has been broadcast on community radio and Radio National’s Poetica. He appears on the CD of a live reading, You Have Been Chosen. He was selected to take part in the Emerging Writers’ Festival in 2005 and has performed at poetry festivals in Victoria, South Australia and in Tasmania in 2009. Here he won the Launceston Cup, the premier spoken word event of the festival, only the second mainlander to do so.  He will feature at the Queensland Poetry Festival in August 2010.

He was part of the Five Islands Press New Poets series in 2003 with Tightrope Horizon. He established the series, Mark Time Books in Castlemaine in 2009, using local artists, designers and producers. These high quality chapbooks have enabled a number of invited poets to have small collections available between book length collections. His Shh and Other Love Poems and My Ship are part of the Mark Time Book series.

He has been awarded residencies at Varuna, as part of the 2009 Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship award, and in Tasmania in July, 2010.

His current work in progress is Embarcadero.